Read, Write, Imagine!

    Students at participating Cavalcade of Authors schools are invited to submit entries to the Cavalcade of Authors Short Story Writing Contest. There will be both a middle school and a high school division. Winners will receive the following prizes:

    1st Place ~$75 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble.

    2nd Place~$50 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble.

    3rd Place~$25 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble.

    Winners will also be invited to eat lunch with the authors at the Cavalcade event and will be published on the Cavalcade website with students' permission.


    • You must be a student at a participating Cavalcade of Authors school.
    • The short story must be no more than 1500 words.
    • The story can be written in prose or verse.
    • Story must be the original work of the entrant.
    • The story must meet the format guidelines.


    • Contest Deadline is Feb 2018
    • Submit 1 printed copy and an electronic copy of your story to your school librarian.
    • The best story from each school will be judged by an independent panel of judges.
    • Winners will be announced April 2018. Winners not attending Cavalcade will be notified by their librarians.

    FORMAT GUIDELINES, submitted entries must:

    • Be no more than 1500 words.
    • Be double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
    • The title should be printed at the top of the first page of the story.
    • Include a cover sheet with the title of your story, your name, the name of your school, your grade, the name of your librarian, and the word count of the entry.
    • On a separate page please state in writing your preference regarding whether or not you give permission to have your story published with your picture on our website. Date and sign this statement.

    Please contact Michelle Lane if you have any questions about the Cavalcade writing contest. Students submitting stories who have registered independently, please email submission to:


    We encourage you to also enter the RadCon student art and short story contests. Learn more at


    Past Winners

    2017 Winning Stories

    2017 Winning stories

    Congratulations to the Cavalcade short story contest winners. Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep writing!

    1st Anna Pearsall, Oasis Middle School 2nd Samuel Gill, Carmichael Middle School 3rd Makenna Farris, Chief Joseph Middle School
    Snowfall, by Anna Pearsall One Shot, by Samuel Gill Alone, by Makenna Farris
    1st Grace Camp, Cascade High School (Leavenworth) 2nd Mikaela Matkowski, Kamiakin High School 3rd Avenly Hansen, Pasco High School
    See You Around, by Grace Camp Shameless, by Mikaela Matkowski Spitting Image, by Avenly Hansen
    2016 Winning Stories
    2015 Winning Stories
    2014 Winning Stories
    2013 Winning Stories
    2012 Winning Stories
    2011 Winning Stories

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